Category: Nablopomo

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday is a blog series and social media hashtag that includes photographs with no words to describe them. I’m getting back on the Nablopomo horse with this November edition of Wordless Wednesday.

For the month of November, I am participating in #NaBloPoMo2019 (National Blog Posting Month). My goal for this year’s challenge is to post 10x in the month of November. This is post 4/10.

It’s not too late to join in the Nablopomo fun! Set your own goal for the month, post away and share using the hashtag #Nablopomo2019 so other people can find your posts.

Currently: Autumn Edition

For the month of November, I am participating in #NaBloPoMo2019 (National Blog Posting Month). My goal for this year’s challenge is to post 10x in the month of November. This is post 3/10.

It’s not too late to join in the Nablopomo fun! Set your own goal for the month, post away and share using the hashtag #Nablopomo2019 so other people can find your posts.

The Currently Project is a super old blogging series in which bloggers would share what media they’re consuming, what projects they may be working on and what they’re into at the moment. As this year’s unofficial Nablopomo theme seems to be the resurrection of blogging, I thought I would bring back this series. Here’s

Watching:

I’ve turned into one of those millennials that doesn’t really watch live TV anymore. #Sorrynotsorry

I’m obsessed with Critical Role, a web series where a bunch of nerdy ass voice actors playing Dungeons and Dragons. I have been watching campaign 2 and I’m all caught up, so I watch their streams every week. We’ve also been watching the other content on their YouTube and Twitch channel: Travis Willingham’s Game Ranch, Pub Draw and the mini series Undeadwood. Undeadwood is so, so good.

Outside of that, we watch a lot of Taliesin & Evitel’s Twitch streams. And of course, it’s basketball season so I’ve been watching my WORLD CHAMPIONS play.

Reading:

I just finished Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. It was a pretty good read, but it was a lot darker than I was anticipating.

I’m now reading These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling, a YA novel set in modern day Salem about Hannah, a teenage witch who is trying to keep her magic hidden from ‘regs’ and hide from her ex-girlfriend. When an apparent Blood Witch pops up in town, Hannah finds her summer is turning out to be a lot more complicated and dangerous than she was anticipating. So far, this has been a really fun read and it is the 37th book I’ve read so far this year.

You can find me on Goodreads, if you’re into that sort of thing!

Listening:

I mentioned that I have been watching a lot of Taliesin & Evitel’s Twitch stream and their stream is what introduced me to my newest favourite artist, Sigrid. Her music is all over their stream playlist, so I’ve had a bunch of her songs on my list.

Making:

I’ve been working on some new sticker designs and digitizing old pen and paper designs using my iPad and Procreate. The hardest part is remembering to charge my iPad and Apple pencil…

Planning:

I’ve been planning post ideas so I can actually finish Nablopomo this year! Not having prompts is often the hardest part of these challenges, but I am determined to finish this.

Loving:

Starbuck’s Honey Citrus Mint Teas, the Procreate App, drawing on my iPad Pro, Inkbox, time with my nieces, Autumn colours, sweater weather.

What have you been watching/reading/listening to/making/planning and loving this autumn?

5 Things You May Not Know About Me

For the month of November, I am participating in #NaBloPoMo2019 (National Blog Posting Month). My goal for this year’s challenge is to post 10x in the month of November. This is post 2/10.

Today as an introduction to new readers or a refresher for long time readers about why I am the way that I am, I’m going to share 5 things that are not commonly known about me. I’m borrowing this very good idea from fellow Nablopomo’er and friend San. You can read her post here.

On to the things!

  1. My name is Annie, I’m 36 and I live in Canada with my dog and partner. I work in the public sector as my 9-5, but I freelance on the side.
  2. I’ve been living back in Canada for 12 years now, moving here just after I finished university in Perth, Australia.
  3. I have 3 brothers. They’re all younger than me; one is 33 and the other two are 31.
  4. I doodle and design paper stickers, which is a hobby I took up after getting a hardcore addition to my daily planner. I still use a paper planner and started to doodle silly little drawings to jazz up the pages and it took off from there. The biggest excitement that has come out of my doodling was when Canadian actor (and my new bff, obvs) Ennis Esmer used my doodle of him as his Twitter profile pic for a while.
  5. I once called in to a radio show to argue with the Education Minister about how the government’s cuts to public education were hurting kids. I was 10 at the time and was home from school for the day because I was sick. My mother was certainly surprised to hear my voice on the radio as she was driving to work.

What are some things that people may not know about you?

November means Nablopomo!

Well, it’s November and I’m here writing a blog post! I’ve written many posts in the last few months that have never seen the light of day. I’ve had lots of ideas, but once I get stuck into them, I decide I hate them, or that they’re stupid or that I don’t care anymore, so no one else is going to be interested in what I’m writing.

So I definitely wasn’t about to try Nablopomo this year. I’ve tried in the past without much success and then last year the Nablopomo community seemed to have died out all together.

But! But! Then I was scrolling through Twitter and saw that my friend San had retweeted this post by blogger Asha Dornfest talking about not only giving Nablopomo a go, but also trying to rebuild a community around it. Asha talked about how we could set our own goals for Nablopomo, so here is mine:

I’m going to try to post 10x in the month of November.

And I’m inviting you all to join us! Check out Asha’s post for how to participate and let me know if you’re going to be blogging in November so I can read your posts!

I was gonna be a drummer in a metal band

I swore I was going to be a drummer in a metal band someday. It looks like a lot of fun. You get to sit in back of the band and rock out. You sit on a stool while you play, so you don’t risk falling over while you’re doing all that head-banging. Plus, I’m already a percussionist. (Pianists are percussionists, so let me stop you right there).

But as with a lot of crazy dreams, real life took over and it just wasn’t in the cards. It’s hard to dedicate your time to becoming a drummer in a metal band when you’ve got to work a 9-5 job to pay off your crippling student debt, make time for your friends and family, while killing mayonnaise, department stores, fabric softener, marriage, sex and bar soap like a good elder millennial.

I’d had almost forgotten about this dream. Until tonight! My partner and I were scrolling through YouTube (Oops, cable TV is also something we millennials have killed, sorry!) and stumbled across a metal cover of Toto’s Africa. And we couldn’t not watch it. I mean. Toto. Metal. Cover.

As it turns out, Leo Moracchioli‘s Frog Leap Studios has hundreds of metal covers on his YouTube channel. And he covers all kinds of tunes. We may or may not have been listening to these covers for hours now. Some of my favourites so far have been:

Let It Go

Ghostbusters Theme

 

Losing My Religion

It’s A Hark-Knock Life

Shape of You

Mmmbop

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper

Mamma Mia

Call Me Maybe

Baby Shark

So a list of ten may seem like a lot, but I was honestly restraining myself here. I didn’t post his Rick Astley cover. Or his Ace of Base Cover. Or his cover of the theme song of the Fresh Prince of Bell-Air.

Check out his channel and then tell me he hasn’t made you want to be a drummer in a metal band.

 

 

This month I’m participating in NaBloPoMo. Want to join us? Then visit my friend San’s post to link up!

Another year, another Nablopomo!

Here we are, November.

My mortal enemy.

Not quite, but I like to challenge myself each year (read: encourage myself to write for non-day-job reasons) to participate in National Blog Posting Month! The goal is to write a blog post every day in November, but for me I will consider this challenge a success if I post a handful of times in November.

Spoiler alert: It doesn’t always go well.

In the past, I’ve used the Nablopomo website and prompts to give me inspiration, but after a quick google search, that doesn’t seem to be a thing anymore.

Are you participating in Nablopomo this year? Let me know in the comments so I can link your blogs in my Nablopomo posts!

And then it was November 5th

The past few years, I have tried and then failed miserably at Nablopomo (National Blog Posting Month, where the goal is to write a blog post every day for a month). I’ve often used it as a way to try to get back in to blogging in a more regular way, while enjoying the whole community around it.

I’ve been busy and distracted lately. I hadn’t even really thought about Nablopomo this year, until a friend on Twitter tweeted about it. She was asking if anyone participated in Nablopomo anymore, as it was coming up fast and she hadn’t seen anyone talking about it.

I think she received two replies to that tweet.

And one of them was from me. I said I would give it a try yet again this year, even if I didn’t make it more than a few posts.

Then November 1st came and went, and this blog sat unattended, as it has since August. Oops.

So having failed the whole ‘blog every day’ thing before it even started, I’ve instead decided to use Nablopomo as motivation to get some writing goals accomplished.

In no particular order, they are:

  • To finish my next recap for The Snark Squad
  • Finish writing two pieces for the different things I contribute to
  • Try to write 2 blog posts for this very blog!
  • Research and write two articles for my B2B blog

I know I’m certain to complete one of those goals, because I have a hard deadline for one of them. Is that cheating a bit?

Don't even care!

Cool. I don’t care if it is.

I also want to try to read some of the posts from my friends that are participating in Nablopomo and support their awesome work at doing the thing that I haven’t been able to stick to!

Have you ever finished a thing like Nablopomo? Tell me all about it so I can marvel at your awesome dedication.

Oh and if you’re Nablopomoing, let me know in the comments below so I can read your words.

Happy Nablopomoing!

 

 

Sunny ways

Today, the swearing in ceremony for our 23rd Prime Minister was held in Ottawa.

Our New Minister high-fiving kids before today’s ceremony, photo from ctvnews.ca.

Our outgoing Prime Minister had become famous for controlling guests lists to traditionally public events, restricting media access and even controlling what our scientists are allowed to say about important issues like climate change. He has an old-fashioned idea about women and their place in the world.

So it was refreshing to watch our new Prime Minister and his cabinet sworn in, a cabinet that represents the diverse cultures of Canada. It’s also the first cabinet in the history of Canada to have gender parity.
My favourite moment from today was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to the question about gender parity:

Justin Trudeau: “Because it’s 2015”Asked why he went with gender equality in his cabinet today, Justin Trudeau said: “Because it’s 2015.”

Posted by CBC News on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The quote truly doesn’t capture the moment, so click on the link and watch the video clip. I’ll wait.
So, yes. I know governments tend to be all the same. I know politicians bend the truth and have hidden agendas.
But man, I can’t help but be a tiny bit hopeful that maybe we’re in for a positive change.
“Sunny ways, my friends.”